Variational Cumulant Expansions for Intractable Distributions

Abstract

Intractable distributions present a common diiculty in inference within the proba-bilistic knowledge representation framework and variational methods have recently been popular in providing an approximate solution. In this article, we describe a perturbational approach in the form of a cumulant expansion which, to lowest order, recovers the standard… (More)
DOI: 10.1613/jair.567

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@article{Barber1999VariationalCE, title={Variational Cumulant Expansions for Intractable Distributions}, author={David Barber and Pi{\"{e}rre van de Laar}, journal={J. Artif. Intell. Res.}, year={1999}, volume={10}, pages={435-455} }